Halloween is closer than you think, which means it is time to start getting out the Halloween lawn decorations. But, if you just overseeded your lawn for the fall, you are most likely wondering how you can decorate without damaging your newly overseeded lawn. Before you get out that spooky graveyard scene and those inflatable pumpkins, consider how you can protect your newly overseeded lawn from damage by taking a more strategic approach to decorating this year. Here are 3 ways on how to protect your lawn from Halloween decorations while still maintaining your newly seeded lawn:

1. Make Sure To Prep Your Lawn Properly

  • Make sure your lawn is clear of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Leaves left on your lawn can cause mold and disease to spread throughout your grass. Also, wet leaves can be slipping hazards for potential trick-or-treaters. 
  • Do not water your lawn on Halloween. Wet grass can leave your lawn susceptible to footprint damage and make the grass slippery.
  • Mow your grass to the recommended height just before Halloween, to protect grass from matting due to foot traffic or decorations.

2. Use Natural Halloween Lawn Decorations

  • You can’t go wrong with the classic Halloween lawn decorations such as pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales. Pumpkins and gourds are relatively small, which means that the amount of grass they can compromise is limited. Paint or carve your pumpkins and gourds. You can even use pumpkins and gourds as a decorative border or arrange them on hay bales for a more styled look. 

3. Explore All Halloween Decorating Possibilities

  • Use festive jack-o-lanterns or other light sources to create borders around your lawn. Clear leaves and debris from walkways to make an obvious path for foot traffic away from vulnerable grass.
  • Many homeowners like to put their larger decorations in premium locations around their lawn. Instead, arrange the main decorations to draw attention to your house’s exterior, especially the front door. Larger decorations can also be put by driveways or on mulched beds.
  • Inflatables can create patches of dead grass if left out for too long. As mentioned above, place them on mulch, concrete, driveway, or patio. If you must display the inflatables on your grass, put them out just for Halloween night and pack them away before bed.
  • Create depth and dimension with your Halloween decorations by hanging things from trees instead of placing them on your lawn. Find lightweight objects, such as lights, cobwebs, skeletons, and other hanging Halloween elements to add to your tree’s branches without damaging your grass.

Protect Your Lawn From Halloween Decorations

Halloween decorations can certainly boost your home’s spooky curb appeal, but it is easy to forget the threat at stake to carefully cultivated and newly overseeded grass. Putting some thought behind your décor and creating a different Halloween decorating strategy can not only keep you from repairing unsightly damage to your lawn but also set your home apart from homes decorated in more traditional ways. All of these helpful suggestions can help you prevent damage to your lawn and property this Halloween season!